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Book of the Month: The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth By Cerrie Burnell Perfect for children aged 9–12 Minnow feels an irresistible pull to water, and beneath the waves she feels free. When her mother goes missing in the dead of night, Minnow must follow the call of the Wild Deep in search of answers and journey to a … Read more

How to choose a book for ages 7–11

After spending ten years as a school librarian, Beverley Humphrey is now a literacy adviser involved in a number of reading and writing projects. Here she gives her expert advice on how you can help choose the right book for your 7–11 year old. 1. Visit libraries Try to visit your local library regularly with … Read more

How to choose a book for ages 3–7

A love of books is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Studies have shown that children who read for pleasure are more likely to do well at school – and the earlier you start, the better. But how do you choose from the huge number of wonderful books available? Children’s librarian … Read more

Harriet Muncaster’s creative writing challenge

Writing stories is the perfect way for your child to unleash their inner artist. Creating an entirely new world with only a pen, some paper, and a whole heap of imagination can be hugely exciting and rewarding, and also makes for fun literacy practice – but it can be hard to know where to start. … Read more

What is the Year 4 multiplication tables check?

In June 2019, a new Year 4 multiplication tables check will be trialled across the UK, becoming statutory in 2020. If your school decides to take part in the 2019 voluntary trial, your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level. We’ve … Read more

Countdown to Christmas with Winnie and Wilbur

Christmas is coming, and everyone’s favourite witch and her furry feline friend are ready to celebrate! We’ve assembled some of Winnie and Wilbur’s finest festive treats to get you and your child excited for the holidays. So settle down in front of the fire, grab a hot chocolate, and join the pair on their madcap … Read more

10 top tips to help your toddler go to sleep

If your child finds it difficult to sleep independently, you’ll know just how detrimental missing a good night’s sleep can be for your child (not to mention for you!). No-one wants their child to be tired and grumpy during the day, but it is hard to know how to encourage positive sleeping habits. Fortunately, help … Read more

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Spooky reads for 9+ year olds

Embrace Halloween with our recommended spooky reads for 9–11 year olds, including Flood and Fang, The Dark is Rising and Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror. Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk Age 9+ A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket The first in the series of books featuring the unfortunate … Read more

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Preparing for parents’ evening

Most schools hold parents’ evenings every term, and they’re a very important part of the relationship you develop with your child’s school and their teacher. Whether you’re about to have your first experience of a parents’ evening, or already have several under your belt, we’ve got some suggestions to help make sure you get the … Read more